Outside lawyers and council redistricting

Some older items I’m just now getting to …

•The City Council approved three contracts with outside lawyers in as many weeks last month. The first one is in part to help with a growing litigation caseload, officials said in a staff report. The firm, Angelo, Kilday and Kilduff, specializes in employment and civil rights litigation. Their top attorneys charge $195 an hour.

The second contract is for help with law enforcement and fire-related personnel matters and litigation, according to a staff report. Specifically, that includes the police union’s recent lawsuit against Chief Blair Ulring. Lawyers from the firm, Jones and Mayer, charge $225 an hour. Any fees paid will come from the police and fire budgets, according to the staff report.

•As for No. 3: The City Council last month also approved agreements with an outside law firm and a demographics consultant to help with the impending redrawing of City Council districts. The City Charter requires districts be redrawn after each national census. The two contracts total $48,500. According to the staff report, the city may hold public meetings on the council boundary changes as work ramps up in the coming months.

These are the same legal and demographic teams used in 1990 and 2000. They also defended the city against a 1987 lawsuit over Measure C, which established today’s Stockton City Council election structure (mayor elected at-large; council candidates compete in district-only primary, and top two face off in citywide general election).

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